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Capsule Reviews

By | February 1, 2016

What Should a Clever Moose Eat?, The Illusion of God's Presence, GMO Sapiens, and Why We Snap

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Reducing Repetition While Building Biopolymers

By | January 11, 2016

A free algorithm helps synthetic biologists decide which codons to use to encode repetitive proteins using the least-repetitive DNA sequence possible.

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The Age of Pharmabrewing

By | January 1, 2016

We should not resist developing opiate-producing GM yeast for fear of the technology falling into the wrong hands.

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Controlling Synthetic Bacteria

By | December 7, 2015

“Kill switches” ensure that genetically engineered bacteria survive only in certain environmental conditions.

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Single-Unit Synthetic Ribosome

By | July 29, 2015

Scientists build a specialized ribosome with linked subunits that can translate designer transcripts in bacteria.

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BIOMOD

By | July 1, 2015

Scientist to Watch Shawn Douglas explains the annual competition he established to introduce students to molecular programming.

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Shawn Douglas: DNA Programmer

By | July 1, 2015

Assistant professor, Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, University of California, San Francisco. Age: 34

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Circadian Clock Transplant

By | June 12, 2015

Scientists establish a functional circadian rhythm in bacteria that don’t possess one naturally.

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Synthetic Biology Entrepreneur Dies

By | June 11, 2015

Austen Heinz, who founded Cambrian Genomics to custom print DNA and had grand ideas about designing organisms, has passed away at age 31.

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More Lab-Made Nucleotides

By | June 8, 2015

Artificial bases that act like the real deal can be designed to bind specifically to tumor cells.

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